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Learn to make your own statement earrings using a combination of casting with jesmonite to create a terrazzo gemstone, and silver wire work to assemble your piece.
Led by Emma Aitchison Jewellery and Vicky of Promises-Promises jewellery, together they have 20 years of craft experience. Emma specialising in traditional silversmithing using recycled metals and Vicky specialising in jesmonite casting.
For this special two part workshop Emma and Vicky will guide you through the design and practical process to create a pair of unique statement earrings combining their knowledge and expertise to bring you something truly special!
What you will be doing:
PART ONE We will start by designing your earrings, you will have a choice of shapes to create your own design. Emma and Vicky will guide you and help you choose suitable compositions and styles to suit. Looking closely at the design process and what elements need to be considered when designing earrings. Next you will begin creating your own colour pallet for your Terrazzo gemstones. There will be colour swatches to help you choose from along with samples. Once you have your desired colour way we will start casting the gemstones. This will involve learning how to mix and add pigment, cast into a mould and add attachments.
PART TWO In part two we will begin by removing your gemstones from the moulds. You will be shown how to finish the stones to a professional finish. Next we will start forming the silver wire to make the earring attachments. You will learn to curve and bend the wire, using traditional tools. We will then assemble all the part together to form your very own hand made statement earring’s!
The Materials We will primarily work with Jesmonite mixed with water based pigments to create the Terazzo gemstones. We will be working with recycled silver wire for the attachments and fixings.
The Results By the end of the workshop you will take home your very own Terazzo and silver statement earrings. Each one will be unique to you with your very own colour pallet and design.
What you Learn • Fundamentals to designing earring’s • How to create a perfect colour pallet for your Terrazzo gemstones • Casting with jesmonite, using moulds • How to make a Terrazzo effect • Adding fixtures to jesmonite • Forming silver wire fixtures and attachments • Finishing and assembling earrings.
Where and when? Our venue for January is Drink Shop Do just by Kings Cross Station and as a special bonus you get a free drink at the start of each session! For February our venue is the beautiful canal side gallery and cafe Stour Space in Hackney Wick. Our November workshops will run with Part One on the 15th of November and Part Two on the 22nd of November and our December workshops will run with Part One on the 5th of December and Part Two on the 12th of December.